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AS and A Level Italian



Course code:

AS Level: 8IN01,  A2 Level: 9IN01


2 years (full A level) or 1 year (AS level)

Aims of the course:

The Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Italian qualification rewards advanced-level Italian language skills and knowledge through student- focused assessment. With appealing content and opportunities to gain greater understanding of other cultures, it will prepare students to become well-informed and effective communicators.

Topics covered:

AS level

Youth culture and concerns

Lifestyle: health and fitness

The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world

Education and employment


A2 level

The above topics plus Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions

National and international events: past, present and future

Literature and the arts.



By examination. 2 modules taken in May/June

By examination. 2 modules taken in May/June

Assessment details:


Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in Italian

8-10 minute assessment in two sections.

Section A requires students to respond to four Edexcel-set questions on a stimulus related to the student’s chosen general topic area.

Section B requires the teacher/examiner to engage the student in a discussion that, although still relating to the same general topic area and its linked subtopics, moves away from the main focus of the stimulus.


Unit 2: understanding and Written Response in Italian


2 hour 30 minute paper in three sections.

Section A requires students to listen to a range of authentic recorded Italian language material and to retrieve and convey information given in the recording by responding to a range of Italian language questions.

Section B requires students to read authentic Italian language printed materials and to retrieve and convey information by responding to a range of mainly Italian language test types.

Section C requires students to write 200-220 words in the form of a letter, report or article in Italian based on a short printed Italian language stimulus.



A level

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in Italian


11-13 minute assessment.

 Students first outline their chosen issue for about one minute, adopting a definite stance towards the issue. They should then defend and justify their opinions for up to four minutes. The teacher/examiner will then initiate a spontaneous discussion in which a minimum of two further unpredictable areas of discussion will be covered.



Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in Italian


2 hour 30 minute paper in three sections.

Section A: A short written translation exercise to test students’ ability to transfer meaning from English into Italian effectively.

Section B: An Italian language essay in response to one from a choice of seven questions, linked to the prescribed general topic areas, that invite either discursive or creative writing.

Section C: A research-based essay in Italian (240-270 words) to reward students for Italian language research skills linked to an area of interest to the student that relates to the culture and/or society of an Italian language country, countries or community. They have freedom to determine the content of their research (potentially in negotiation with their teacher) but it must relate to the four research-based essay topic areas for this unit.